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April 13, 2010 - 11:30am

We’ve all had those days, sometimes even weeks, when we find ourselves endlessly hungry. When it takes a lot of food to fill you up.

That was me earlier this week. In a single day I ate two breakfasts, lunch, an afternoon snack, came home from work feeling so starved that I practically ate a whole dinner just “snacking” on what I was cooking for dinner—and then ate dinner. I like to eat, but this was so excessive I began to search for a reason: Am I pregnant? Could I have developed an overactive thyroid overnight? The hypochondriac in me had a field day, until, duh(!), I remembered a recent study that we covered in EatingWell: splurging on greasy, fatty foods can rev your appetite...

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April 6, 2010 - 11:33am

We use a lot of oil in my house. That sounds gross, I know. Let me explain. It’s really just that one of our healthy-cooking rules is to not use much, if any, butter. So when we need a little grease—be it in a skillet or a muffin tin—we use oil.

Most of the time, it’s canola oil, which led us (and a lot of EatingWell readers) to wonder: is it really all that healthy to cook with? (Choose a cooking oil based on your needs and preferences with this Cooking Oil Guide.)

Here’s what I found:

• Canola oil is a good source of monounsaturated fats, the kind that, when used to...

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March 23, 2010 - 12:05am

March Madness means sports madness in my house. My husband loves to kick back and watch big games, playoffs and tournaments, like March Madness, with friends at our house. And because he’s a man (sorry for the stereotype), he rarely gives me much advance notice that his friends are coming over to watch the game. I’m lucky if he tells me before I walk in the door from work. Typically on the heels of telling me his friends are on their way, he throws in a request for something to snack on. And if I could make it healthy, he’d like that too.

I’m more than happy to oblige with chips and dips—my go-to snack. We always have healthy baked chips and vegetables around and I can whip up a...

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March 18, 2010 - 10:46am

We all have bad days. And many of us, myself included, turn to tried and true comfort foods to lift our spirits. (I bet my friends Ben & Jerry are at your house too.)

Hopefully your bad days are few and far between, but when they do unexpectedly pop up, here are three scientifically tested foods worth trying instead:

Fruits & Vegetables (and other whole foods): Yes, you read that right—healthy, whole foods! In a recent study of close to 3,500 men and women published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, those who reported eating a diet rich in whole foods in the previous year were less...

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March 10, 2010 - 11:52am

I’m one of those people who lives to eat. I’m also a fast eater, or so I’ve been told. Put those together and that’s a recipe for overeating. (The next time you eat too much, try one of these 3 antidotes to overeating.)

It’s wishful—and unrealistic—to think that I’ll become someone who eats only to live, but surely eating slower would be wise. But how slow should I be eating?

Twenty minutes! That’s how long it takes for your body to register fullness. And according to a University of Rhode Island study, you can save 70 calories by eating slowly over about half an hour versus in under 10 minutes (my usual!). If you ate slower at every meal,...

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